Lookout Safeguards Smartphones, but Do Consumers Care?

Startup Lookout detects threats, but many users are unconcerned
Illustration by Tomi Um

The alert came in around 3 a.m. on May 2. The website of a pest control company was being something of a pest itself, harassing visitors into downloading a suspicious “security update.” Normally, a website spreading malware wouldn’t stir much excitement among computer security professionals. This was different: The virus-laden site targeted only mobile phones, not PCs.

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